Tyrone and Adam on target in Boston victory -- and now for Tamworth
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Darlington 2 Boston United 1
O'Neill 6 mins 1-0, Campbell 8 mins, 2-0, Knowles 18 mins, 2-1
Man of the match Tyrone O'Neill
Two goals in the first eight minutes gave Quakers the three points against Boston, and stretch their winning run to four matches.
Tyrone O'Neill, celebrating his 20th birthday, and Adam Campbell scored early in the game -- both goals are well worth seeing on the highlights -- and then Quakers had their defence to thank for keeping Boston out as the visitors piled on the late pressure.
It was a low key start to the game until Boston won a corner on 5 minutes.
The ball was curled in from the left for Simon Ainge to head over the top.
Quakers took the lead on 6 minutes, when Campbell, on the left, played the ball inside for Omar Holness to flick on for O’Neill to show some clever footwork and burst through two tackles to sidefoot past Boston keeper Crook, his fifth of the season.
It was 2-0 on 8 minutes, when O’Neill played the ball out to the right for Jarrett Rivers to cross into the middle for Campbell to control and curl right footed into the top corner for his 7th of the season.
Boston pulled a goal back on 18 minutes, when the ball was crossed from the right to the far post, where Dominic Knowles managed to hook the ball over everyone and into the net.
Quakers had a half chance from a free kick on 24 minutes, Michael Liddle flighted the ball into the box for Campbell, in the inside right position and from an acute angle, to fire into the side netting.
Omar Holness and O’Neill then combined well to send Campbell away and he went down under a challenge in the area, but the ref waved play on.
Half time 2-1
At the start of the second half, Terry Galbraith played a 30 yard pass down the left for Campbell to latch on to, step inside, and curl a right foot shot just over the top.
O’Neill then showed good footwork to beat two defenders and set up Holness, but the midfielder’s first touch let him down on the edge of the box.
Rivers and Will Hatfield worked a free kick well for Liddle to get behind the defence, but his pull back was intercepted, then Hatfield tried his luck with a 25 yarder that went over the top.
Hatfield had another effort on 62 minutes from out on the left when he quickly chested the ball down and fired a low shot straight at the keeper.
Campbell nearly got on the end of a flick on, but Crook was quick off his line to gather the ball.
O’Neill then nearly scored an audacious goal, when he chased a long ball by Liddle down the right, and in his stride flicked the ball over Crook from 30 yards out, but the ball went just wide of the far post.
In Quakers’ next break, Campbell set up Rivers, but his shot was blocked.
Campbell was denied by a great save on 68 minutes. Wheatley found Campbell on the left, again he cut inside and struck a dipping right foot shot that Crook just managed to fingertip around the post.
Boston pushed men forward and on one occasion when they opened up the Darlington defence, Watson made a last ditch tackle.
However, they defended well, especially when Boston sent their tall players up for setpieces later in the game.
And there was a let off for Quakers -- many would say it was deserved -- when Thewlis beat Connell with a low shot, but Jay Rollins tried to touch it over the line when he needn’t have, and was flagged offside.
Four wins in a row now -- and all eyes are on Tamworth next Saturday in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup
Darlington 2 Boston 1
Stats (from Simon Hahn)
Corners: Darlington 2 Boston 9
Free kicks conceded 18-10
Shots on target 4-2
Shots off target 6-3
Yellow cards 0-3
Red cards 0-0
Quakers are now up to twelfth in the table.
Darlington: Connell, Liddle, Watson, Wheatley, Storey, Galbraith, Rivers, Hatfield, Campbell, Holness (sub Laing 80), O’Neill (sub Bell 88)
Subs not used: Elliott, Holliday, Armstrong
Boston: Crook, Middleton (sub Gibbens 79), Whittle, Platt (sub Thanoj 56), Ainge, Shiels, Rollins, Abbott, Knowles, Thewlis, Walker (sub Woolford 56)
Subs not used: Jackson, Tuton